Bonanza for Team India
New Delhi (PTI): The BCCI on Monday announced monetary incentives for the members of the Indian cricket team including the support staff for winning...
New Delhi (PTI): The BCCI on Monday announced monetary incentives for the members of the Indian cricket team including the support staff for winning the ICC Champions Trophy. Each player in the team will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 crore while the each member of the support staff will be richer by Rs 30 lakh, according to a BCCI media release. India won the Champions Trophy final by beating hosts England by five runs in a thrilling encounter at Birmingham on Sunday. Dhoni all praise for Youngistan Birmingham (PTI): With just 129 runs to play with in the rain-curtailed final of the ICC Champions Trophy against England here, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spurred his teammates by telling them to play like world champions and defend a sub-par score. "Before going in I said, let's first of all get rid of the feeling that it's a 50-over game. It's a 20-over game, and we have seen in IPL and in T20 formats, 130 runs can be a difficult target to achieve," Dhoni said. "I told them not to look at the sky or the opposition. I told them that God helps those who help themselves. I said God is not coming to save us. If you want to win this trophy, we'll have to fight it out," he said while addressing the media in the post-match press conference here. "We are the number-one ranked ODI side, so let's make sure that they have to fight for these 130-odd runs. Don't look for any outside help." "It is unfair to call it the final of the Champions Trophy. When the final of a 50-over game is decided by a T20 game, then some shine is lost but this win means a lot. We played against the best teams in the world and to beat England in England is always good," Dhoni said. Dhoni singled out praise for Man-of-the-Match Ravindra Jadeja and highest scorer of the tournament, Shikhar Dhawan. "Jadeja is someone who keeps it very simple. He bowls a good line and lets the ball do the talking. The good part was he contributed with the bat, which I feel is very important because he's someone who will have to bat at number seven," the Indian captain said. Dhawan dedicates his award to Uttarakhand tragedy victims Birmingham (PTI): Winner of the coveted 'Golden Bat' Shikhar Dhawan made a touching gesture as he dedicated his award to the victims who had lost their lives in the recent flood that affected the state of Uttarakhand. "I would like to dedicate my performance to the people who have lost their lives back home due to the flood. My prayers are with them," the new batting sensation of the Indian team said at the presentation ceremony. Jadeja achieves career-best third Birmingham (PTI): Ravindra Jadeja attained a career-best third spot in the ODI bowlers and all-rounders' list a day after India lifted the ICC Champions Trophy that strengthen their position as the number one ranked team on the ODI Championship table in the latest rankings released on Monday. India, having entered the tournament on 119 ratings points, have now moved to 123 thanks to their victories over South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan in the group stage, followed by wins over Sri Lanka in the semi-finals and England in the final. They have a lead of 10 ratings points over their nearest rival, England, who are currently on 113 points, level with third-placed Australia. We were devastated: Cook Birmingham (IANS): England captain Alastair Cook said that they were devastated after losing the ICC Champions Trophy final to India by five runs at Edgbaston here on Sunday. After being put into bat, India made 129/7 off 20 overs after rain delayed the start of the match. In reply, the hosts could only manage 124/8. "With 20-odd needed off 16 balls it was in our hands. There have been a lot of good performances, but at the moment we are a bit devastated," said Cook at the presentation ceremony. "We've come up a little short. I thought we bowled well, you'd take 130. It's tough to take at the moment. I think both sides found the pitch quite hard to bat on. You are always going to think of different reasons. I'm proud of the way the players have performed in this tournament," added the left handed batsman. England had previously reached the final of the 2004 Champions Trophy when they lost to the West Indies.